Injustices And Discrimination In Frederick Miller's Thief

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Discrimination Frederick Douglass once said “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe”. He is demonstrating how if there is injustice there will be no safety for everything around us will be based upon injustice. Injustice is an unfair act of cruelty that involves ignoring the rights of a person or a group. Although there are many types of injustices in our world one of the most prevalent would be discrimination. Many people are affected by discrimination and have to endure this injustice just because those around them dislike them for being who they …show more content…
The book Thief takes place before, during and after world war two, it is based on a young orphan German girl who has been separated from her communists’ parents and is then taken in by a German couple, Hans and Rosa Hubermann who later in the novel also take in a Jew, Max Vandenburg who is hiding from the Nazis. During this time many Jews along with people of many other races were being persecuted, they were killed, imprisoned or forced into hiding. Max was one of those unlucky people who had to go into hiding although that is bad he was lucky enough to be taken in by the Hubermann’s who decided to help Max hide in their basement. Later in the novel though he leaves the Hubermann’s home and is caught by the Nazis just before reaching freedom, he is then sent marching to a camp along with many others who had also been imprisoned. All these people had to endure so much torture because of something that wasn’t even their fault, it is not like if they could change their race or as if they could have selected the race they wanted to be before birth. Simply because Hitler believed they were not “good” or “superior” enough many people suffered, died, or were treated as if they were not human. Another example of religious discrimination would be when many prisoners are sent marching through Munich street as they are heading to Dachau, Hans along with many other spectators see when an old man falls down to the ground as he can no longer go on, no one wanted to do anything to try and help him after all he was Jewish, the only one who does do something is Hans. As Hans went towards him “The Jew stood before him, expecting another handful of derision, but he watched with everyone else as Hans Hubermann held his hand out and presented a piece of bread, like magic.” (192, Zusak). After Hans’s kind act of picking up the old man and even

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